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Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

Why it’s so important to cut back on your sugar intake—and take back control of your health. Over three-quarters of packaged food in grocery stores today comes with copious amounts of added sweeteners, making it easy to overindulge, even if you pass on dessert. Most […]

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

Quick and Healthy Food Options with Quinoa Meals

Quinoa has exploded on the health scene for some time now. I love it as an alternative to rice where I create my own quinoa bowl, complete with veggies, beans and some avocados, for a satisying and quick dinner option. But this isn’t always the […]

Healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

Healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

I’m really trying to be better about having breakfast. Dubbed forever as ‘the most important meal of the day,’ I notice that I get super cranky or my stomach has a life of its own if I don’t eat something in the AM. With three kids, I try to make sensible options (for both of us) by making a weekly homemade smoothie with spinach, berries, bananas, avocado, and coconut water that gives them some veggies at the start of their day. For myself, I’ve been upgrading the smoothie a bit by creating something more substantial in the form of my own smoothie bowl. In addition to the smoothie, I’ll add in some yogurt, OatBox granola and chia seeds for the perfect combo of nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Check out one of my go-to recipes, featuring Oatbox, a new monthly breakfast subscription company that delivers monthly-curated boxes of natural, healthy and delicious granola mixes and Carrington Farms Chia Seeds, one of the highest plant-based sources of protein, fiber and Omega 3s.

Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

Ingredients:

1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 cup homemade smoothie (combo of coconut water, avocado, frozen berries, banana and spinach)
1 Tbsp + 1/4 tsp Carrington Farms Chia Seeds
1 cup of Oatbox 

healthy Smoothie Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds

Directions:

Place frozen berries, frozen spinach, 1/2 avocado, 1 banana and around two cups of coconut water into a blender. Blend until you reach your desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and layer up your ingredients, which includes fresh berries, yogurt, nuts, granola and chia seeds. So easy and so good!

Enjoy!

We were provided with some samples for review. All opinions, as always, are our own.

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Happy Summer! We are ready to get out eat on, healthfully, of course! To kick-off the season, we are excited to let you know about an awesome charity event where you can enjoy some delicious vegan eats and save puppies!  Held on Thursday, June 29 from 4:00 pm […]

Boxed Water’s Social Reforestation Campaign

Boxed Water’s Social Reforestation Campaign

As I’ve mentioned, I love to support companies that do their part to give back. Whether big or small, these incentives allow consumer to better understand bigger issues and how they can impact us all. One such company that is doing their part-both as a […]

Summertime Sides from Organic Kids L.A

Summertime Sides from Organic Kids L.A

Lazy summer weekends are around the corner. One of the cornerstones of this time are BBQ’s and with Father’s Day right around the corner, we are definitly inspired to get our grill on. One way to get get kids involved is to have them help out with the cooking. To inspire young chefs, we are sharing two summertime sides from Lisa Rotondi of Organic Kids L.A, a company that provides lunches to preschool, elementary, middle and high school students throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Read on to check out some of these awesome healthy and easy to create side dishes.

Summertime Sides

Summertime Sides

Organic Summer Succotash Edamame Salad:

Ingredients:
· 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
· 1 medium organic onion, chopped
· 1 bag (1 pound) shelled organic edamame, thawed
· 1 bag (1 pound) frozen organic corn, thawed, or 3 cups fresh-cut organic corn kernels (from about 4 ears)
· 2 large ripe organic plum tomatoes, diced
· 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
· 1/4 cup minced organic fresh chives or basil

Instructions:
Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the edamame and corn and cook, turning often, until heated through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato, salt and pepper. Let cool and then chill if packing in a lunch box. When ready to serve, stir in the chives or basil.

Organic Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Ingredients:
· Lemons
· Water
· Sugar
· Simple Syrup

Instructions:
Squeeze the lemon juice through a hand presser. Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Boil the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let the simple syrup cool.
Mix the remaining 6 cups of water, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and enjoy!

For more information, please visit: http://www.organickidsla.com

Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipe

Our lives are moving faster where fast food has become the norm to getting dinner on the go. But we are here to tell you that you can still enjoy a quick meal, except the ones that we’re into are way healthier, cheaper and won’t […]

5 Ways to Use Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Around the Home

5 Ways to Use Cara Cara and Blood Oranges Around the Home

Did you know that you can do so much more with oranges then just eat them? Of course we love them as a healthy snack, but we just learned even more ways to use Cara Cara and Blood oranges around the home from Limoneira. Read on […]

Book Review: 28-Day Plant-Powered Healthy Reboot

Book Review: 28-Day Plant-Powered Healthy Reboot

28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot book

There are aspects in all of our lives that we want to change, in one way or another. While some things may seem out of our control, there are many things that we can change with the right tools, motivation and help. Once such aspect is changing the way we eat (remember that New Year’s resolution?!). For us at Wellness Patterns, this means less sugar and more wholesome foods without feeling restricted a.k.a miserable all day long.

To help us out, we recently got tons of awesome advice from the new book, 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot. Developed by registered dietitians, celebrated bloggers behind Food Heaven Made Easy and bi-coastal best friends (love that!) Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez created a non-intimidating guide to a calorie-controlled, budget-friendly, and vegetarian approach to hitting the reset button and revving-up your body’s natural detoxification process. Over the course of their 28-day plan, Jones and Lopez attest that their program can help detoxify the body as you learn how to fuel your body with delicious and wholesome plant-based meals.

This includes tons of helpful sample meal plans, grocery lists, and mouth-watering recipes–all designed to empower the reader to get organized and find the best plan for your taste preferences and lifestyle. A fantastic primer if you want to better understood food, the book kicks off with an informative guide to calories, nutrients, and the plant-based lifestyle. And, and of course, our favorite part – the book is filled with 100 amazing recipes that are around 300 and 500 calories per meal and designed to be “simple, delicious, nutritious, and fun.” This include Savory Quinoa Egg Muffins, Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl with Green Rice, Quick and Easy Huevos Rancheros Tostadas, Chewy Cranberry Energy Balls and much more!

A comprehensive guide to resetting your body, eating right and feeling amazing, this one must-have book to check out as you kick-off your 2017 goals.

 

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

This weather sucks! From the constant colds to the dreary weather, it’s no wonder that we find ourselves hibernating, counting down the days to spring. Since part of our wellbeing depends on how we treat ourselves, it’s crucial to fuel our bodies with immune boosting vitamins […]


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